Cuban Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef)

posted by Marlen 11-09-100 4:45 PM

Cuban Ropa Vieja - Shredded Beef - Old clothes
The humorous name comes from the fact that the meat is shredded like your old clothes.

3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium onions
1/2 green pepper, seeded and chopped
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 lbs. flank steak
1 cup golden cooking wine
1 small jar of Spanish olives, stuffed with pimientos
1 oz. pimientos, cut into strips
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. pepper


Boil flank at medium heat until very tender (about 2 hours). Remove fat. Using two forks, separate beef into tendrils and set aside.

In olive oil, sautee onion, green pepper and garlic until the onion is translucent. Add the tomato sauce and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes, until the sauce is a nice rich red. Add shredded beef to the skillet, cooking until lightly browned. Add the wine, olives and pimientos. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Makes 8 generous portions.

If you are lucky enough to have any of the meat mixture left over, it makes a nice sandwich on French bread or a crusty roll.

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